Archive for the ‘House of Representatives’ Category

Healthcare Is Never Free

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Healthcare is never free. According to Charlie Rangel, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman in order to pay for the “health care reform” taxes will be raised by $600 billion and Medicare and Medicaid will be cut by $400 billion. This plan will not only cost more money but old people and poor people will have their healthcare limited to provide healthcare for other people.

Obama had been hoping health care reform would only cost $634 billion but it looks like it will now cost over $1 trillion.

Close the the National Drug Intelligence Center

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor and House Minority Leader John Boehner released a set of budget cuts on Thursday including closing the National Drug Intelligence Center. This should be the first in many steps in scaling back the drug war. The Republican leaders pointed out that the National Drug Intelligence Center unnecessarily duplicates the work of other agencies. Closing the NDIC will save $44 million the first year and $220 million over five years. President Bush unsuccessfully tried to close this boondoggle.

Republicans are probably just proposing closing the NDIC to poke at John Murtha since the Center is located in his district. The reason it is being closed should not matter. Bad policies should be ended.

Whining About Pelosi

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted down the $700 billion bailout of the financial industry. The bailout happened because constituents were overwhelmingly calling their congressmen complaining about the legislation in addition many members were opposed ideologically to the idea of the bailout.

Right before the speech Nancy Pelosi made a silly partisan speech blaming small government ideology and the Bush administration for the current financial mess. The vote failed and Republicans like Eric Cantor blamed Pelosi’s speech. Stop your whining! You would think people would take a $700 billion expenditure more seriously.

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Ron Paul Ahead In Fundraising For House Race

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 mentions that Ron Paul has a primary challenger in his 2008 race for the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Thousands of miles to the south, Paul is battling his own critics back in his eastern Texas district. Some of the detractors have coalesced behind Chris Peden, a Friendswood city councilor who has touted his conservative credentials.

Galveston County Republican Chairman Kerry Neves said that, because of the national attention Paul’s presidential campaign has received, many voters unfamiliar with his anti-Iraq war stance and harsh criticism toward President Bush have taken a second look at their congressman.

“Some people who had not given a lot of thought to what his positions were have been awakened to some of his positions that they might not have known of,” Neves said. “But he always has been known here as a libertarian.”

Peden, an accountant by trade, has been highlighting Paul’s strident criticism of the Bush administration as a key rationale for his campaign. He often invokes his evangelical faith on the campaign trail and has enlisted the support of several area pastors, who have formed a “Pastors for Peden” group.

“The more the voters down here find out about Ron Paul, the more they realize he is simply not a conservative, and the less they like him,” said Peden spokesman Dallas Frohrib.”

Ron Paul is still popular in his district with a 70& approval rating and Ron Paul has far out raised his primary opponent who has raised $12,000 total, while Ron Paul can use any of the money that will be left over after his Presidential run.